Apella: One of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, with fine white sand, small pebbles, and deep turquoise waters, surrounded by pine-covered rocks that come all the way down to the sea, while water gushes from springs on the mountain above. As if this superb setting was not enough, the incredible Cave Church of Saint Luke is nearby. It is no accident that Apella has twice been named the best beach in Europe. You can get here either by excursion boat or by car along a dirt road.
Kira Panagia: A much-photographed beach with golden sand, small pebbles and shallow blue-green waters overlooked by the red-domed Church of Our Lady. It is ideal for families as it has umbrellas, sun beds, and quiet tavernas for a bite to eat.
Diakoftis: A sheltered beach with exotic scenery on the south side of the island. The rock formations, dunes covered in juniper bushes, dazzling white sand, and shallow turquoise waters create a Caribbean atmosphere. The beach has a few umbrellas and sun loungers as well as a canteen for drinks and snacks.
Ahata: An enchanting beach that stands out for its beautiful white pebbles and steep surrounding cliffs. Set in an idyllic cove with turquoise waters and verdant hills on the eastern side of the island, it is relatively secluded but there is a taverna here for food and drink. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit if you choose the ferry for Karpathos.
Ammoopi: One of the island’s most popular beaches, as it is well-organised for fans of water sports. One end is dominated by “Asprouas”, a white rock that is perfect for diving off. It has dark sand and shallow waters that make it ideal for families with young children.